By Chauncey Dunham, CEO
Just think summer is over and A Dante Production ends the Daytona Beach Midtown Summer Concert, Saturday, September 25, 2021, on a good note. First, thanks to the Daytona Beach Leisure Services Staff the summer concert series was fantastic. Based on the day-day efforts of Mr. Vincent Terry and Mr. Andrew Powell. Additionally, the input of the City Commissioner (Ms. Paula R. Reed, Zone 6) and the approval of the Daytona Beach City Manager, Mr. Deric C. Feacher. A Dante Production, LLC was engaged to provide 3 of the 5 Midtown Musical Concerts at the Daisy Stocking Park.
Saturday, September 25, 2021, is the final concert of the summer series and will close with A Dante Jazz Group Chris Clarke and friends just before they go on tour. As an added attraction Dante has invited the jazz trumpet great Patrick McKenzie to join the concert if available.
As Daytona Beach moves forward to becoming more than the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” A Dante Production would like to feel that they were a part of this transitional move into the future. Daytona Beach has beautiful beaches and world-class racing events and is home to dozens of well-maintained public parks and a diverse range of quality programs, festivals, and concerts. As a full-service musical company, A Dante Production only provided a small sample of the talent housed within the walls of Dante, with hopes of continuing with the growth of the city.
2020 and 2021 have been very difficult years based on COVID-19 and with the new surge of DELTA variant, people still have a great deal of fear. Therefore, the word “pivot” comes to play again. Ms. Donna Gray-Banks, Founder of Fresh Book Festival suggested why don’t you go back to the video and some invitation-only events, to control the crowd size. So, on October 21, 2021, a COVID help music session will start to be recorded from the studio.
The drawing board is now filling up for 2022 and some musical names known worldwide have been included. Additionally, a dinner/jazz yacht party is also in the planning stages.
“Music is a language that doesn’t speak words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.”